May 17th, 2009
05:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner responds to Obama's 'person of color' joke

WASHINGTON (CNN) – GOP congressional leader John Boehner is brushing off President Obama’s recent joke about Boehner’s famously permanent tan.

At the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner a week ago, the country’s first African-American president said he had “a lot in common” with Boehner who is Caucasian. “He is a person of color,” Obama joked before a massive ballroom of celebrities and Washington journalists. “Although not a color that appears in the natural world,” Obama added, barely able to keep his composure as he delivered the dig.

“As I tell my friends, you only tease the ones you love,” Boehner said responding to Obama Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“Yeah, I enjoy being outside,” Boehner added, trying to explain his persistently tanned appearance.

“I’d rather be heckled than ignored,” the Ohio Republican told CNN’s John King.

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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    People... calm down.

    John Boner is ORANGE.

    Anyone with eyeballs can see that it's true.

    May 17, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Squigman

    Boehner, is apparently one of two things. He's either become the darling of CNN, or he's a camera hog. Which is it ?

    May 17, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. JOE

    This is all Boner does is complain and whine.....Cant the Repubs shut him up????

    May 17, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. JOE

    This guy and his phony smile just gags me every time I see him...He is exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party....He thinks he is so important he would not make a pimple on Obam's butt.

    May 17, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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